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Kevin Vowles

Associate Professor

Area Head: Health Psychology

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(505) 277-5676
PhD., West Virginia University, 2004
Curriculum vitae

Research Area/s:

Clinical Psychology,  Health Psychology

Research Interests:

  • Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
  • Use and development of empirically-supported treatments for physical health conditions, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Assessment measure development
  • Effective and appropriate opioid and analgesic use for chronic pain

Selected Publications

Graduate student publications since 2015 (student in italics):


Bailey, R. B., & Vowles, K. E. (in press). Using screening tests to predict aberrant use of opioids in chronic pain patients: Caveat Emptor. Journal of Pain.

McEntee, M. L., Pielech, M., & Vowles, K. E. (in press). Pain. In V. Zeigler-Hill & Shackelford, T. K. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of personality and individual differences. New York: Springer. 

Steffen, L. E., Vowles, K. E., Smith, B. W., Gan, G. N., & Edelman, M.J. (in press). Daily diary study of hope, stigma, and functioning in lung cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Health Psychology. 

Edwards, K. A., Vowles, K. E., & Witkiewitz, K. (2017). Co-use of alcohol and opioids. Current Addiction Reports, 4, 194-199 

Pielech, M., Vowles, K. E., & Wicksell, R. (2017). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for pediatric chronic pain: Theory and application. Children, 4, 1-12. 

Bailey R.W., Vowles, K. E., Witkiewitz, K., Sowden, G, & Ashworth, J. (2016). Examining committed action in chronic pain: Further validation and clinical utility of the Committed Action Questionnaire. Journal of Pain, 17, 1095-1104. 

Mansell, G., Hill, J. C., Main, C. J., van der Windt, D., & Vowles, K. E. (2016). Exploring what factors mediate treatment effect: Example of the STarT Back study high-risk intervention. Journal of Pain, 17, 1237-1245. 

Pielech, M., Bailey, R. W., McEntee, M. L., Ashworth, J., Levell, J., Sowden, G., & Vowles, K. E. (2016). Preliminary evaluation of the Values Tracker: A two-item measure of engagement in valued activities in chronic pain. Behavior Modification, 40, 239-256. 

McEntee, M. L., Vowles, K. E., & McCracken, L. M. (2016). Development of a chronic pain specific version of the Sickness Impact Profile. Health Psychology, 35, 228-237. 

Bailey, R. W., & Vowles, K. E. (2015). Chronic non-cancer pain and opioids: Risks, benefits, and the public health debate. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 46, 340-347. 

Witkiewitz, K., Vowles, K. E., McCallion, E., Frohe, T., Kirouac, M., & Maisto, S. A. (2015). Pain as a predictor of alcohol treatment outcomes in the COMBINE study and the United Kingdom Alcohol Treatment Trial. Addiction, 110, 1262-1271. 

Other relevant recent publications: 

Vowles, K. E., Witkiewitz, K., Levell, J., Sowden, G., & Ashworth, J. (2017). Are reductions in pain intensity and pain-related distress necessary? An analysis of within-treatment change trajectories in relation to improved functioning following interdisciplinary Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for adults with chronic pain. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85, 87-98. 

Vowles, K. E. (2015). Editorial overview: The third wave behavioral therapies. Current Opinion in Psychology, 2, v-viii. 

McCracken, L. M., & Vowles, K. E. (2014). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and mindfulness for chronic pain: Model, process, and progress. American Psychologist, 69, 178-187. 

Vowles, K. E., Witkiewitz, K., Sowden, G., & Ashworth, J. (2014). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for chronic pain: Evidence of mediation and clinically significant change following an abbreviated interdisciplinary program of rehabilitation. Journal of Pain, 15, 101-113.

Courses Taught

  • PSY 280: Health Psychology (Undergraduate)

  • PSY 450: Anxiety and Depression and Healthcare Settings (Undergraduate)

  • PSY 510: Advanced Health Psychology (Graduate)

  • PSY 514: Health Psychology Interventions (Graduate)

  • PSY 650: Clinical Behavior Analysis (Graduate)

  • Extracurricular Activity: Philosophy of Science Reading Group (Graduate)


Current Graduate Students:

Mindy McEntee, MS (on internship 2017-2018 @ New Mexico VA Healthcare System)

Robert Bailey, MS (on internship 2017-2018 @ University of Washington)

Melissa Pielech, MA

Eric Kruger, MS

Karlyn Edwards, BA

Graham Ford, MS

It is unlikely that I will be accepting a graduate student for the 2018-2019 school year.  If you are a prospective graduate student, feel free to email me details regarding your interests and career plans, as well as a current CV.